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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Monazereh

[Date:] 7 Ordibehesht 1393 [27 April 2014]

 

Baha’ism Lacks Any Codified Religious Principles / Conversation with Hojatoleslam Mehrab Sadeghnia

In the Heavenly Night programme on the IRIB Quran [television] channel, Hojatoleslam Dr. Mehrab Sadeghnia said, “It is a characteristic of Baha’ism that when one wants to talk about it, he cannot ignore political and social issues. Therefore, in my debate, I do not promise to consider Baha’ism to be free from political currents. Baha’ism is less than two hundred years old, but it is so political that this dimension of Baha’ism cannot be ignored.”

Hojatoleslam Sadeghnia stated, “Many people, including martyr Motahhari, who was within the shadow of Islam, and even people like Ahmad Kasravi, or moderate people like Jalal Al-e-Ahmad, believed that Baha’ism and even Babism were created by colonial governments. If we have any doubts about the progress of Baha’ism through colonialism, we have no doubt that the development of Baha’ism has been supported by colonialism.

Hojatoleslam Sadeghian stated, “Baha’is claim that they are not one religion against other religions, such as Islam and Christianity, but that they have degraded themselves against other religions. Baha’is claim to have a common language so that any person with any religion can be also a Baha’i. Of course, this is a characteristic of all emerging religions, which try to open their umbrellas in such a way as to shelter other religions, and not to draw a borderline between themselves and other religions.”

Hojatoleslam Sadeghnia said, “Baha’is believe that religion has a period, and a new religion must come in each period. They believe that the era of Islam and Christianity is over and the new religion is Baha’ism; it is interesting that they consider the span of the Baha’i era to be 500,000 years.”

He said, “Baha’ism considers Naw-Ruz as its festival and tries very hard to show its intimacy with the national culture; while abroad they have no insistence on being Iranian and claim that their religion is universal. On the other hand, their Founders have tried hard to differentiate between themselves and Islam; for example, they consider the month of Ramadan to be 15 days, or say that congregational prayer is useless.”

At the end of his speech, he said, “Finally, we can say that in Baha’ism we do not deal with one codified religious principle, but the 12 cases that Baha’ism introduces as principles are rules that deserve much criticism.” / Mehr